Book: The Newcomer’s Guide to Competition Fencing

Newcomer's Guide to Competition FencingRobin Catling

In the highly technical sport of Modern Olympic Fencing, stepping up from the club to competition can seem a daunting, baffling prospect – but no longer.

This newcomer’s guide sets out the requirements, formats, rules, etiquette and the all-important technical language. All you need to take your first steps into competition without looking like a wide-eyed novice.

Ideal for the club fencer, parents of fencers or partners of fencers, the Newcomers’ Guide is based on thirty years experience from a competitor and coach.

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4183 KB
Print Length: 192 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Proactivity Press; 1 edition (12 July 2020)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: Proactivity Press (13 July 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1916119425
ISBN-13: 978-1916119420
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm

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Fencing age groups

Youth fencing is usually divided up by age bands. The age of a fencer is normally taken as at Jan 1st in the current year, so if a fencer has not reached their 14th birthday on Jan 1st they are considered Under 14 for the whole of that year.

Some schools’ competitions use a similar system, but based on September 1st, in keeping with the school calendar.

Children under the age of 8 are not normally allowed to compete.

Fencers under 17 are referred to as Cadets and those under 20 are called Juniors. Lots
of competitions also use other age-groups, like under 11 or under 13, but these don’t have specific names.

Fencers over 40 may qualify for veterans competitions. There is no upper age limit.

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Priority weapons and the Circle of Attacks

Fencing at the 2012 Summer OlympicsBy Robin Catling.

Teaching foil and sabre is never as easy as you’d like it to be, chiefly because in modern sports fencing, we have the challenge of ‘fencing time’ and the rules which make foil and sabre ‘priority weapons’.

I took up most of a group lesson with the following examination of the priority weapons and the circle of attacks. …

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Rules: Boundaries of the Fencing Piste

Fencing pisteTo clarify the rules regarding the boundaries of the piste, following the 2005-2009 revisions, this is our current understanding:

  • If both feet go over the back line a red card is awarded to the fencer going off piste. Warning lines are visual cues only ( no halts to inform fencers).
  • If you go off the side of the piste with one foot the fight is halted and returned to the centre of the piste from the original starting point of the fencing phrase. …

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